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With 34,000 youth starting to smoke in California each year, many local communities have taken action to protect the youth in their communities. Most importantly, many communities have adopted strong local tobacco retailer licensing ordinances that include licensing fees high enough to fund enforcement programs and strong penalties in the case of violations.

In addition to the basic licensing ordinance, some communities have adopted other policies that can be “plugged-in” to the basic licensing ordinance to provide greater health protections for youth. These policy options include prohibiting the sale of tobacco products near schools, creating license penalties for the sale of drug paraphernalia and restricting the individual sale of little cigars and cigarillos.

We provide resources for local advocates interested in pursuing a local tobacco retail ordinance with some, all, or none of the plugins. This information will help you answer tough questions that may be asked and understand what other communities in the state have done.

Resources for Local Advocates
Matrix of Strong TRL Ordinances - Sept 2016Matrix of Strong Local Tobacco Retail Licensing Ordinances: September 2016
Becoming a Policy Wonk on TRL June 2016Becoming a Policy Wonk on Local Tobacco Retailer Licensing: June 2016
Local Policies in the Retail Environment June 2016Local Tobacco Policies in the Retail Environment: June 2016
Matrix jan 16Matrix of Strong Local Tobacco Retail Licensing Ordinances: January 2016
policy wonk sept 13Becoming a Policy Wonk on Local Tobacco Retailer Licensing: June 2015
big rev sept 13Cigarettes Generate Big Revenue for Local Tobacco Retailers: September 2013
effective sept 2013Tobacco Retailer Licensing is Effective: September 2013

Plug-in Resources
Matrix of Ordinances Restricting Retailers Near Schools - Sept 2016Matrix of Local Ordinances Restricting Tobacco Retailers Within a Certain Distance of Schools: September 2016
Local Policies in the Retail Environment June 2016Local Tobacco Policies in the Retail Environment: June 2016
Retail Environment Image Oct 2013Local Tobacco Policies in the Retail Environment: October 2013
Matrix of Local Sampling Ordinances: June 2013 Matrix of Local Sampling Ordinances: June 2013
Matrix of Local Ordinances Restricting Tobacco Retailers Near Schools July 2013 thumbnailMatrix of Local Ordinances Restricting Tobacco Retailers Within a Certain Distance of Schools, June 2015
Pipe Down: How to Address Drug Paraphernalia in Your CommunityPipe Down: How to Address Drug Paraphernalia in Your Community
Becoming a Policy Wonk on Eliminating Sales of Single Little Cigars and Cigarillos in Los Angeles County: November 2011Becoming a Policy Wonk on Eliminating Sales of Single Little Cigars and Cigarillos in Los Angeles County: November 2011

Additional Resources
NMA Sept 13The Neighborhood Market Association and Local Ordinances Related to Tobacco Retailers: June 2015
NATO Sept 13The National Association of Tobacco Outlets and Local Ordinances Related to Tobacco Retailers: June 2015

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